Neither the four-cylinder turbocharged Camaro 1LE nor the Porsche 718 Cayman are the top-performing models in its respective range, both still offering convincing performance. In this video, veteran racer Randy Pobst compares the two vehicles by dropping them onto an unused track.
This is Pobst’s own Camaro 1LE 2019. As a reminder, the vehicle’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The 1LE package includes a stiffer suspension setting and additional driving parameters in track and competition mode, which include features such as launch control and gear change point lights.
718 Cayman is owned by Pobst’s friend. It’s also a 2019 model year, and as a base model, power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 300 hp and 280 lb-ft.
Although it only has 15 hp more than the Camaro, the Cayman accelerates much faster. In the drag race, the Porsche is far ahead, and the Pobst Chevy can do nothing to follow it.
Then they organize a race to see which vehicle can go from a stop at 100 miles per hour and return to a full stop. Again, the Cayman dominates the challenge. Not only is the Porsche faster in a straight line, but it also stops over a shorter distance.
Finally, there is a slalom, and this is where the Camaro shines. He still loses with a time of 8.72 seconds, but the Cayman is less than a tenth of a second faster by achieving the same feat in 8.67 seconds. Pobst puts the Chevrolet’s impressive impression on its stiffer 1LE package suspension because it says the configuration allows the vehicle to change direction faster.